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University of Sheffield

Materials Science and Engineering

UCAS Code: JH51
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

136

% applicants receiving offers

83%

Subjects
  • General engineering
  • Materials technology not otherwise specified
Student score
Not Available
75% LOW
% employed or in further study
95% MED
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£25k MED
£25k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAB

Including two of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry.

Scottish Highers
AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers
AB

Two from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

BTEC Diploma
DDD

Engineering

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
DDD

Engineering. Distinction in Further Mathematics required if A Level Mathematics not offered.

International Baccalaureate
34

6 points at Higher Level in two of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

83%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Modules

Year 1: Introduction to materials chemistry; introduction to microstructure, kinetics and mechanical properties of materials; mathematics (materials); biomaterials i; introduction to materials properties; introduction to structural materials engineering; introduction to the mechanics and thermodynamics of materials; global engineering challenge week. Year 2: Industrial materials processing; microstructure and thermodynamics of materials; computational methods with Matlab; deformation and failure of materials; functional materials; materials selection and fracture mechanics; mathematics 2 (materials); structure of solid materials; engineering - you're hired. Year 3: Literature survey and project; analysis techniques for materials; diffusion and heat transfer; failures and case study; finance and law for engineers; introduction to finite element modelling; surface degradation and protection.

University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Forget northern grit Sheffield is in the heart of a vibrant, student-friendly city mixed with halls in leafy suburbs on the edge of the Peak District. A red brick with a thoroughly modern outlook, an award-winning Students' Union complete with 47 sports clubs and more than 250 societies - and a 24-hour library makes for The Full Monty of a student experience.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
30%
70%

Year 1

33%
67%

Year 2

33%
67%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
70%
29%
1%

Year 1

79%
21%

Year 2

79%
21%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction Not Available
Student score Not Available

Sorry, not enough students have taken this subject here before, so we aren't able to show you any information.

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
46% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
35% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
23% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
420 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
74% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £25k MED
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

8%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

8%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

8%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
As a mixed subject within engineering where students get a chance to learn from a range of disciplines, this course isn't taken by as many people as some of the more specialist disciplines. Demand for engineering skills is high, though, and so unemployment rates are low and starting salaries competitive. Graduates are able to specialise enough to be working in jobs in engineering – particularly mechanical, civil, design, and electrical engineering, as well as engineering project management. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to a MEng qualification – this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 89%
Student score 75% LOW
Able to access IT resources

100%

Staff made the subject interesting

71%

Library resources are satisfactory

93%

Feedback on work has been helpful

61%

Feedback on work has been prompt

76%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Received sufficient advice and support

78%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
49% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
26% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
432 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
61% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £25k MED
Graduates who are elementary cleaning occupations

3%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

3%

Graduates who are engineering professionals

15%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This course sits in a group of very specialised materials technology subjects, including furniture technology, engineering materials and gemmology - bear this in mind when you review the stats, as the employment prospects for each don't necessarily have much in common. If you want to find out more about specific job paths for your chosen subject area, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do, or to have a look at university department websites.
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